Program Dates: June 16 - 29, 2018
Course: ANTH 353: Health and Healing
(GE, Area E, Global Issues) OR ANTH 440: Ethnographic Field School
Approximate Travel Cost: $1,900
(includes accommodations, meals, local transportation, and excursions), + airfare
Course Description: This course explores health, healing, illness, and disease as embodied experiences that are deeply personal while always embedded in and informed by culture. Understandings of the body, causes of disease, and explanations of cures vary across geographic space and historical time. As a study abroad course, students will learn to take an Anthropological approach to health and healing through cross-cultural and global perspectives as they are immersed in Bulgarian health practices. In Bulgaria, students will be introduced to healing practices often considered “alternative” to the biomedical approach most familiar to Americans. Students will travel around the country to experience healing thermal spas, practice meditative reflection, and learn about aromatherapy and herbal medicine. We will integrate knowledge of these practices into an understanding of the physical body, the role of stress, and the impact of social inequality on health and disease risk. Students will learn and apply ethnographic techniques such as observations, interviews, and photo essays in order to understand how health and healing are lived among Bulgarians. Students will also be challenged to reflect on their own experiences, beliefs, and assumptions through reflective writing projects. Students will also explore notions of “traditional” and “modern” in the context of health and healing practices, the use of public and medical spas, and how medical tourism is an emerging industry.
Students who have previously completed ANTH 353 may enroll in
Ethnographic Field School (3 units): Experiential field-based course providing students with training and opportunities to apply ethnographic methods to study, observe, and learn about Bulgarian culture and history. Students choose one of the following topics to explore while in Bulgaria: a) modernization and tourism; b) health/healing as applied to the use of thermal springs/medical spas; c) constructing urban/rural spaces in time/place. Other topics considered in consultation with instructors. Analysis of methodology and data collection will be conducted throughout the course.
or a flyer with full details, click here: Stone & Compass CSULB Bulgaria Brochure.pdf
This is a CSULB short-term, faculty-led study abroad course.
Contact Professor Zachary DuBois for more information at
Open to all majors (as well as staff, faculty, alumni,
and community members on a space available basis).
Faculty permission required.
ASI-CSULB Study Abroad Scholarship
A limited number of $750 scholarships are available for short-term, study abroad programs.
for more information and to apply for the scholarships.
Deadline to apply for scholarship: March 12, 2018